On the outside, the 2019 Grand Cherokee Summit has a modern fascia with the signature seven-slot Jeep grille. Main illumination is provided by bi-Xenon HID headlights. Daytime running lights, fog lamps, and tail lights are all LED.
The Granite Crystal Metallic clear-coat exterior paint is made even more shiny by the bright door handles, and attractive roof rails declare this vehicle’s utility intent. Exterior chrome mirrors, tinted windshield and front-door windows, and bold headlights all rest smoothly under a dual-pane panoramic sunroof.
The 20×8-inch fully polished aluminum wheels wrapped in all-season performance tires are accentuated by double-smoke exhaust tips for additional outside beauty.
This luxury SUV can be optioned with a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, like my test vehicle. This engine delivers a fuel economy rating of 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, for a combined 17 mpg. This forceful engine sends power through an 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. Or you may choose to go with the other engine option: the 3.6-liter V6.
The 4X4 Select-Terrain System with Quadra-Trac II 4WD system helps you go off-road and head anywhere.
For me, the most impressive feature is the Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist. I tried this wonderful feature and it worked very well.
The Grand Cherokee Summit’s interior is beautifully crafted and comfortable. Hand-crafted leather surfaces and exotic trim pieces let the occupants know they are in a first-class surrounding. The leather-wrapped wooden heated steering wheel complements the leather heated front seats, instrument panel, and center armrest.
For even more leather amenities, the $4,995 Signature Leather-Wrapped Interior Package adds premium Laguna leather seats, leather-wrapped lower panels, and advanced leather-covered multi-stage front airbags.
Another outstanding feature is the center-mounted 8.4-inch touchscreen that houses the sleek Uconnect 4c NAV infotainment software. The Harman Kardon Premium Audio System with 19 high-performance speakers provides beautiful music for the journey. Memory for driver seat, mirrors, and radio eliminates repetitive adjustments in a multi-driver household.
However, I did find the touchscreen too small to read easily, especially with the numerous feature icons that surround the interior of the screen.
For long road trips, there is the $1,995 Rear Seat Dual Screen Blu-ray/DVD Player package. My grandkids loved it.
Standard safety features include Active Head Restraint, Rain Brake Support, ParkView Rear Back-Up Monitor, and Blind-Spot and Cross-Path Detection.
The luxurious Summit model is also equipped with the Jeep Advanced Active Safety Group, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning, and Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist.
Jeep as a brand has the conceptual philosophy that a vehicle capable of performing on conventional roadways is a given, whereas a Jeep is a vehicle that can also take folks off-road where it offers performance no competitor can match. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a shining example of this philosophy. The goal was to carry passengers to outdoor regions but not at the expense of comfort, technology, or adventure.
The MSRP for the Grand Cherokee Summit starts at $52,040 for the 3.6L V6 and 4X2 version. Choosing the 4X4 drivetrain adds an additional $3,000, and the brute-force 5.7L HEMI V8 would cost another $3,795.
3-year/36,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty
5-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty
5-year/unlimited-mile Rust-Through Warranty
5-year/60,000-mile Raodside Assistance
Durhl Caussey writes an auto column read around the world. He may be reached at email@example.com.